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TD calls for “real time” Garda Station opening hours to be published on website

Monday, 20th March, 2017 12:00pm

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív has called on An Garda Síochána to post “real time” opening hours for rural Garda stations on its website. 

Deputy Ó Cuív says the move would eliminate confusion and ensure that people could attend their local station when it’s open for business.

“Many rural Garda stations have nominal opening hours, usually between 10am and 1pm, but the reality is that very few are actually open and people needing to attend their local station end up making wasted journeys, which is both frustrating and time consuming,” he stated.

According to the Galway TD, simply tasks such as getting a passport stamped can become a major stumbling block, with people having to travel to multiple stations before finding one that’s open.

“I have suggested to An Garda Síochána that a way of solving this issue would be to update the “real time” opening hours of each station on the Garda website so that people can check which stations are open before setting out on a journey.   

“I have been informed by the Commissioner’s office that the Garda website is currently under review and that plans are afoot to publish scheduled opening times.  However, I am calling on management to go further than this – there is no point in publishing scheduled opening times, if they are rarely adhered to.  We need the “real time” opening hours to be uploaded and updated so that people know which stations are open and when. I will be continuing to pursue this issue with the relevant personnel.”

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